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Yes We Can (Hold Babies) – European Edition
Recently President Obama travelled to Europe, Turkey, and Iraq in a his first large-scale trip abroad that resulted in massive international relations coup. His trip featured 18 bilateral meetings with world leaders – two major speeches (Prague and Ankara) – hosted two town hall meetings (France and Turkey) – six news conferences with a total of 35 questions – and traveled approximately 10,000 miles. Obama’s trip was a PR triumph, while he began the slow process of rebuilding America’s relationship with our allies across the globe.
Some Post-Trip Diagnosis
From whitehouse.org: The White House posted a great gallery of photos from the trip. These photos are interesting in that they are not the usual photo op photos, eg Obama + Foreign Head of State + Flags. They depict various behind the scenes instances that would not usually be released to the public. Also, some badass Air Force One/Marine One photos.
From Salon: Our man Juan Cole shreds conservative punditry for their negative reaction to Obama’s trip. He compares the hysteria of the right to the insanity caused by War of the Worlds radio broadcast and describes the Republican sphere of commentary as:
The weeping and trembling of Sean Hannity, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and William Kristol underlined once again that the right-wingers are playground crybabies who kick and scream and faint whenever they do not get their way.
Professor Cole then proceeds to tear down every part of Republican criticism and perfectly throws their arguments back in their faces. This piece is perfect evidence that the insane arguments made by the right are easily defeated one fact is used against them.
Hope to see you all there!
There has been a lot of talk since last fall about corporate citizenship and corporate responsibility to the health and success of the United States. The argument being that if companies operate and are granted the same privileges as citizens in the United States, then they must abide by the same standards of citizenship that we as individuals do.Â Most of these stories have been a reaction to the poor corporate citizenship many of our financial institutions have demonstrated over the past six months.
Today, AT&T announced that they will spend $565 million to replace their enormous fleet of vehicles withÂ 15,000 hybrid and natural gas-powered cars from Ford Motor Co. The company is making this major invest not only for cost saving and environment concerns, but to do their part in revitalizing our economy.
From AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson (my emphasis added):
“While there are no easy solutions to the challenges facing our nation, this investment is a first step on our part to help boost other industries while at the same time encouraging wider use and production of efficient vehicles and domestic fuel alternatives.”
Major kudos has to go out to a telecommunications company that realizes the impact of their decisions and the role they play in our economy. To invest this much in Ford Motor Co. is a pretty strong statement of faith on behalf of the American auto industry and the future of our economy. Kudos to AT&T
Jack: Good lord! The worm … that’s so degrading. Are its origins German?
I love the television show 30 Rock. It is some of the best writing and acting presently on television. Chief among the amazing cast of actors that make the show so vibrant is Alec Baldwin. Alec Baldwin has played a CIA agent, a Lt. Col. at Pearl Harbor, a Boston police captain, and is a real lifeÂ die-hard liberal. He is also a regular columnist with The Huffington Post.
Today Baldwin wrote a scathing piece ripping apart the Republican Party and Rush Limbaugh. It is highly entertaining and speaks directly to the quagmire the Republicans have found themselves in since the election of Barack Obama. Check it out HERE.
Rush Limbaugh is an uneducated, marginally talented, overbearing, recovering drug addict who was, at least according to Wikipedia, ineligible for the draft because he had cysts on his ass.
I do not want to seem like I am stepping on Ariel’s toes with posting this video. I found this on the Kanye West blog. I do not know what the message is. I do not know why it was made. I just know that this embodies many things I love about The World, The United States of America, and Kanye West.
Pakistani President Zardari answered questions about his nation’s involvement with the Mumbai attacks tonight in a television interview.
I personally believe thatÂ President Obama ought to do all interviews with these two guys standing behind him. There is something about armed, ceremonial guards that really makes a man look “Presidential.”